Kun Faaya Kun [Rockstar] : Meaning and Lyrics


To be frank, till date I haven't heard any song from Imtiaz Ali's latest - Rockstar. Given it has A R Rahman, it has Mohit singing all songs, and till now four songs are out. But somehow I restrained from them until I get the full album. But, this - the latest song that is out - Kun Faaya Kun has got me like anything. Rahman - praising Allah- yet again. And that is what he does the best. Lovely, lovely composition and singing by Rahman, Javed Ali and Mohit Chauhan. I'm surprised to see this depth of lyrics by Irshad Kamil. And the amazing fusion with Guitar - Wow !

Here is my attempt to translate it. With whatever help I got from some online sources.

Kun Faaya Kun [or Kun Fayakun, Kun Faya Kun] means 'Be' and 'It is'. Though one has to read the full text of Quran in which it is mentioned - to understand it. Quran - Sura Al-Baqrah Verse 117 reads

"Originator (is He) of the heavens and the earth; and when He decrees a matter to be, He only says to it ' Be' and it is."..

And the lyrics of the song goes as -

Rangrezaa Rangrezaaa..
O dyer [literally means the person who does business of coloring cloths, but here, its him who has colored the protagonist in color of God]
Kun Fayaa Kun Faaya Kun Faayakun.. [repeat]

[He only says to it ] Be, it is.

Jab Kahin pe kuch kahin nahi tha, wohi tha wohi tha.

When, [in the world] there was nothing, He was the one, the only one.

Woh jo mujh mein samaaya, woh jo tujh mein samaaya, Maula wohi wohi maaya;

He is the one who is in my soul, he is the one in your soul, O dear Lord, he is the one that is mystery [you see all around].

Kun Faaya Kun... Sadaqallahul'Azim**

[He only says to it ] Be, it is. Allah says the truth.

Sajda savera mere tan barse, Kajra andhera teri jaan ki lau,

Morning showers its blessings on me [when] I worship you, and it cleans up dark soul of mine which is like darkness of night.

Qatra mila jo tere dar barse... O Maula....

[You gave me] that each drop of my blood, is all yours to worship your place [place here means-the Dargah]

Kun faaya kun.... Sadaqallahul'Azim

[He only says to it ] Be, it is. Allah says the truth.


**Sadaqallahu'Azim
is the phrase a Muslim says after reading verses of holy Quran.

References : Key to Islamic Terms, Al Islam.


Tags : Kun fayakun, kunfayakun, Kun Faaya Kun, meaning, Lyrics, Rockstar, Ranbir Kapoor, A R Rahman, Imtiaz Ali, Nargis Fakhri, Javed Ali, Mohit Chouhan. Urdu, Islam, Rockstar songs

130 comments:

  1. Anonymous08:09

    I really LOVE the song & been try to find the english translation, thanks for sharing it w/ us

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  2. Its a really amazing song! has got me too
    addicted! Thanks for the lyrics

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  3. Great man.. I am completely enthralled by this song, but didn't know the meaning of Kun Faaya Kun and then came across this post from you.. Thanks for explaining it so beautifully!!

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  4. Bro , it doesn't mean that
    kun , fa'aya kun

    kun -> to create
    fa'aya kun -> to destroy

    so , in the context of the song ,
    i must be ,

    You get everything , and then you loose it all

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    1. Ali Raffad08:38

      Kun Faya Kun means be and it is.... thats the context :)

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    2. Anonymous00:04

      I agree with Mr.Ali Raffad about the meaning of (Kun Faya Kun ) (كن قيكن) in Arabic .(by the way Arabic is my mother tongue)

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  5. hey thank u very very much for sharing this............ main kab se yehi dhundh raha tha.........thank u very very much...

    specially "Jab Kahin pe kuch kahin nahi tha, wohi tha wohi tha."

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  6. this is absolutely wonderful..so peaceful indeed!

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  7. hajira begum17:39

    really osom lyrics and meanings thanks a lot to a.r rahman sir

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  8. Anonymous18:36

    its jus adorable song... ever heard...

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  9. Anonymous13:07

    such soulful music and such meaningful lyrics.. it's one of the best songs i've ever heard

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  10. Anonymous18:44

    A R Rahman is a special gift from Allah to this earth.......

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  11. Anonymous22:46

    need the translation of the full song..

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  12. Hey Anonymous,
    Thanks for visiting my page.

    go to http://thebollywoodfan.com

    he has done fantastic translation to the song. Worth read.

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  13. Anonymous18:26

    good song

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  14. Anonymous18:29

    great song! keep it up!

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  15. nadir ayub03:34

    thanks 4 dis beautiful insight.love dis song so much.BIG UPS TO A R RAHMAN 4 dis masterpiece.

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  16. excellent song, feeling it very good listening it again and again, hatts off to the lyricist and the singers...A.R.Rahmaan rocks in RockStar...a really great song after 'Khwaja Mere Khawaja' in its lines...
    thanks for the lyrics...feels more from with-in after understanding the meaning...thanks again...

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  17. Sana12:01

    I really love this song..

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  18. AR Rehman yur the best.... addicted fr this one

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  19. Rehmaan ....sahab always great long live rehmaan sahab

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  20. Thanks for your useful translation. I have rendered another one:

    http://www.mysticsaint.info/2011/10/kun-fayakun-full-meaning-rock-star.html

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  21. Anonymous21:56

    thanks for this. it is a lovely song.
    and the translation really helps.

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  22. Anonymous00:02

    Awsome

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  23. A.R. rehman and Javed ali are the real Rock star........ i love faaya kun

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  24. I love all rockstar songs

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  25. Rockstar's songs really rock

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  26. This song is very touching. Just awesome. It always makes me feel good even though I didn't know the exact meaning before reading this post.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  27. indeed kun fayakun

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  28. Here is the lyrics with clickable link for english translation of the full lyrics:

    Fully lyric and Translation of Kun Fa YaKun Song from Rockstar Movie

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  29. Anonymous04:00

    thank u...was needing d eaning...as lyrics wer twisting...but were surely promising

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  30. Anonymous14:11

    I love entire songs of Rockstar .... especially the song Kun faaya kun.. because this song relates me directly to God.I love the song.

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  31. its such a beautiful song.any one who believes in God,music n purity of soul will love this song. Listening to rehman is like a meditation. :) :)

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  32. Beautifully explained!!!!

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  33. There's just one correction .....in ranbirs solo it's Kajra andhera Teri jalti lau...the light of Allah shining on him..cheers!

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  34. What a awesome song....., said by AR....and lyrics of it is beautiful!

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  35. Awesome song....with beautiful lyrics!!!

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  36. Excellent work... I Really appreciate... keep up the good work.

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  37. Anonymous20:59

    THANK U SO MUCH I LEARN THIS SONG FROM U ITS ME MOHAMMED TOUSIFF FROM MYSORE AGRAR%%&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

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  38. Anonymous15:41

    awesome song and thanks for your efforts

    though Qatra mila jo tere dar barse... O Maula....

    its not dar barse

    Sajra sawera mere tan barse
    Kajra andhera teri jalti lau
    Katra mila jo tere dar par Se…o…maula

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  39. Anonymous23:13

    oooh god 300 comments ppl really don't have any other work.

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  40. Anonymous12:44

    VERY NICE SONG AR REHMAN AND JAVED ALI , AND MOHIT CHUHAN NICE VERY NICE ILIKE VERY MUCH

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  41. HEENA13:21

    I LIKE VERY MUCH

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  42. thanks for explanation !

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  43. Anonymous15:29

    Really gr8 work.......

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  44. it is wrong to use invocation from quran

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    1. Anonymous22:37

      I agree !

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  45. its really a nice song n music is so touching n great massage for peoples ..

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  46. Thanks for the lyrics , i love the song . its a guf feeling when i hear this song alone .

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  47. rally ammeging song.............

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  48. Anonymous23:46

    Just listen first line of this song.. Its.. "jab kahi pe kuch nahi bhi nahi tha" my god i love this line... He wrote.. Jab kahi pe kuch NAHI BHI NAHI tha... Nahi bhi nahi tha.... Its not this jab kahi pe kuch nahi tha... Its specially he used nahi bhi nahi tha.... Listen deeply....

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  49. priyanka14:04

    i like dis song but dont know its meaning thank u sooooo much yaar. rehman rocks

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  50. correction...it is, "jab kahin pe kuch nahi bhi nahi tha wohi tha wohi tha"
    means: when there wasn't even "NOTHING" in this World, he was there, he was there"

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  51. Anonymous21:54

    Source is Rig Veda...see the first stanza

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bharat_Ek_Khoj

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  52. Dere is a correction listen first
    line of this
    song.. Its.. "jab
    kahi pe kuch
    nahi bhi nahi
    tha" my god i love this line...
    He wrote.. Jab
    kahi pe kuch
    NAHI BHI NAHI
    tha... Nahi bhi
    nahi tha.... Its not this jab
    kahi pe kuch
    nahi tha... Its
    specially he
    used nahi bhi
    nahi tha..
    And thnx for trans,,,,
    Rehman rocks

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  53. Anonymous12:35

    the song rather say a prayer dedicated to the divine power that runs the world

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  54. Anonymous19:15

    thanks all//

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  55. DiPeN12:10

    Thanks, great work.

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  56. Imran Nazir17:25

    ALHAMDULILLAH

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  57. Anonymous17:33

    Thanks you so much for sharing the meaning. I just loved it.

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  58. Anonymous23:39

    god bless u

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  59. The Song is B E Utiful.... But as text-ed above that "Originator (is He) of the heavens and the earth; and when He decrees a matter to be, He only says to it ' Be' and it is.".. is referring some thing to Allah Subhan-o-Tala...thus writing "He" or she is the sentence for Allah is not suited in this case... Thus i request the editor to make changes...as if u are quoting a Quran verses..

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    1. Anonymous02:28

      Yu are right... its Allah not he or she :)
      shariq nadeem

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  60. sneha00:37

    Thanks Bro.Amaing song.Great sharing!!!!

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  61. Anonymous11:39

    Very very Nice excellent meaning full song with awasome music.
    Thnaks to A.R. Rehman, Javed Ali & Mohit Chauhan.

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  62. Anonymous18:31

    TAKES ME TO TRANCE SUUUUUUUUUUPPPEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRBBBBBBBB!HE SHOULD GET ANOTHER OSCAR FOR THIS SONG!!

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  63. Anonymous11:13

    I dont understand much of the meaning of the words and yet, the song makes me cry everytime i hear... AMAZING.....

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  64. Anonymous10:59

    my favourite song but the lirics is jab kahi pe kuch nahi bhi nahi tha vahi tha vahi tha..... not jab kahi pe kuch bhi nahi tha

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  65. OMG, I am totally addicted to this song. so true, so deep. It has brought me closer to God, and makes me really believe in God more and more. Rahman is definitely a God gift to us.

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  66. Rahman is truly a God gift for us.

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  67. Anonymous20:43

    Dear fellow humans, please forget about who is right or wrong and who is what. Just immerse yourself in the music, praise the Almighty, regardless of what path/religion you follow. Hearing this gives, peace, tranquility, happiness and prosperity. become ready to accept the blessings.

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  68. Anonymous01:22

    Talha - I think Kun Fayakun translation is done correctly by Dunkdaft (And he says Be, it is/happens). There is a mention of this word in Sura Yaseen in Quran Sahreef. And I read the same meaning in my Quran translation.

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  69. Anonymous23:16

    Thanks for the post :)

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  70. Anonymous23:52

    Wow ! after listening to this song a confused person like me really attracted to Islam and want to convert to Islam as I have just read some part of Quran after reading the meaning of the song here , The Quranic verses are more wonderful that this song, but I loved this song ...thanks to the translator.

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  71. Anonymous12:18

    Thanks for the post.....

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  72. Anonymous23:57

    The most wonderful song ever...more special as its associated with someone special...love u A.R Rehman for making new memories for us through your songs

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  73. Anonymous21:30

    thanks dunk daft !
    great song for sure. thats rehman's magic.

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  74. I have listen almost every song but dis song
    "kun faya kun" is something which inspire my soul .... the meaning whch u have explianed of dis line is soo deep i havn't thought about it . It describe the real feeling in us for the GOD whom we are searching here and there ... when i listen dis song i really got a peace to my mind ... great work n thanks for giving such a beautiful n magical touch to our soul by dis song .. :-)

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  75. "kun faya kun" is something which inspire my soul .... the meaning whch u have explianed of dis line is soo deep i havn't thought about it . It describe the real feeling in us for the GOD whom we are searching here and there ... when i listen dis song i really got a peace to my mind ... great work n thanks for giving such a beautiful n magical touch to our soul by dis song .. :-)

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  76. its the song when you hear...u.never think about religion.....u only feel.......god near you.........

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  77. Anonymous16:35

    Sing song , gives eternal feeings, thanks everybody associated with this song.

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  78. bahot khubsurat rahemaan sahab........kumarvajra

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  79. Anonymous20:38

    mann ke mere ye brahm ,kache mere ye karm,,,,,le ke chle hai khan,,,,,,,,,n guys wat does dat mean?salla hu ali ib salm?

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  80. and guys wat does dat mean?sal laaa hu ali ib salm???

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  81. and guys wat does dat mean?sal lalaa hu ali ib salm????????

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  82. Anonymous01:13

    I THINK ONE WHO SAY KURAN IS TEACHING US ONLY JEEDH SORTS OF THINGS I THINK IT IS TEACHING US HOW TO PRAY.

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  83. Really an awesome song...thalaiva no one can beat u....keep gng!!!!!!!

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  84. oh god- This song is life's real meaning great song
    SantRam "Ramanujai"

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  85. salute to RAHMAN Bhai and his Music.. ....

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  86. Anonymous13:42

    good work.

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  87. Bilal23:55

    @Talha Islam

    Fayakun doesn't mean 'to destroy'
    The meaning given here is accurate... Jab Allah kisi kam ka Irada kar lety hein to wo us kam ko kehte hein 'Kun' yani 'Ho jaa',then 'Fayakun' yani 'wo ho jata hai'

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  88. Anonymous00:17

    Sal lal la hu alai hi wassallam means (peace be unto u) in islam whenever we take the name of holy prophet we have to use this with the name of prophet..

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  89. inderpreet singh16:21

    i love u rehman sir , god bless you and your team , take care .

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  90. Anonymous15:46

    I realy love dis song

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  91. Anonymous23:41

    Very nice song

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  92. Anonymous01:19

    EXCELLENT SONG & GOOD SCRIPT

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  93. This is the given virtue of Allah to A r Rahman,that he is utilizing wonderfully.......Excellent work.

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  94. Anonymous19:09

    its reli a master piece wonderful... marvellous... mind blowing...

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  95. Anonymous10:22

    Amazing song Simply soothing and great voice!!

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  96. Hina15:41

    These are few words of Quran which amaze us...what will happen when we read the complete meaning of Quran.Yes Allah says the truth.Subhanallah

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  97. Anonymous22:24

    Sadaqa Rasulu-hun nabi-yun-kareem

    Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam

    Kindly translate the above lines also,.......

    Thanks

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  98. Anonymous23:56

    Sadaqa Rasulu-hun nabi-yun-kareem

    "The Generous Prophet of Allah has said the truth."

    Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam

    "Oh Allah honour him (Prohet) and grant him (Prohet) peace."

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  99. listening to this song make me feel close to GOD. that's what it is meant to do...

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  100. Anonymous12:29

    Hey...Thank you so much for explaining the lyrics so beautifully....i loved this song and after reading the meaning i loved it even more...Thanks again..!!

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  101. Anonymous21:19

    hey ... thanks a lot.. went three to four sites for the meaning n ur demonstration is really good.. really good work ... keep it up boss...

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  102. Anonymous18:23

    Good work buddy

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  103. Anonymous11:16

    it's Sadaqallahul Ali Ul-Azim & not Sadaqallahul'Azim... please correct it... :-)

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  104. Anonymous19:35

    Beautiful song...:)

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  105. "... and when He decrees a matter to be, He only says to it ' Be' and it is."

    Explanation

    Besides the above verse, the phrase / kun fayakon / 'Be! and it is' has occurred in several verses of the Qur'an, including the followings:



    1. Sura 'Ale-'Imran, No.3, verse 47

    2. Sura 'Ale-'Imran, No.3, verse 59

    3. Sura Al-An'-am, No.6, verse 73

    4. Sura An-Nahl, No.16, verse 40

    5. Sura Maryam, No.19, verse 35

    6. Sura Yasin, No.36, verse 82

    7. Sura Qafir, No.40, verse 68



    This phrase is about the Will of Allah and His Absolute Sovereignty on the subject of creation.



    To understand this well, we should know the meaning of the Unity of Acts and the creation of all created beings by Allah's Will. Precisely; Unity of Acts, in terms of His acts, does not need any help or helper from outside Himself. Should He use any means for that purpose, the means itself is created by Him and used by Him. It is not that He needs some help from outside Himself which is not connected to Him, and to be brought from somewhere else, or if so Allah would not be able to do whatever He wants to. No, it is not like that at all. Allah's Acts need none but Himself and His Will alone.



    The explanation is that the objective meaning of the phrase / kun fayakun / ('Be! 'and it is) is not that Allah issues a verbal command with the word 'Be', but the reality is that when He wills something to exist it exists. There will be no time between that Will and its existence, not even a moment.



    In other words, the phrase / kun fayakun / ('Be! and it is ) is only to bring home to the human mind the Omnipotent Will which, properly speaking, can never be translated into any verbal expression. Amir-ul-Mu'mineen Ali ibn Abi Talib (a), of whom the holy Prophet (s) had declared: ' I (i.e. the holy Prophet himself) am the City of knowledge and Ali is its Gate', in referring to the phrase mentioned in this verse; -regarding the Divine Omnipotence and the execution of His Will says:



    "Not by sound uttered, nor by voice heard, His Word, blessed be He, is Action proceeding from Him ".

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  106. Bhargav11:13

    Even though I don't know the meaning of this song, I'm so enchanted whenever I listen to this song and tears roll down my face (don't know why)

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  107. Anonymous17:35

    Dear All

    Very many thanks to all the contributors for such a detailed explanation of the wordings. May God bless all!!!

    My special thanks to Respected Sunni Hanfi for his contribution in giving us the clarity on it.

    Meantime, I wish to ask everyone - as to who is He, where is He - the omnipotent, omnipresent - all pervading Allah/God.

    I believe merely getting the "worldly" knowledge about something may not actually serve the purpose.

    If I am hungry, I would need "real" food and not the definition/description/qualities/usefulness of the food.

    I would request that we all should ask 'ourselves' the following questions:

    a. Purpose of taking human birth - why He created us as human being and not like any 'other' living being.
    b. Is God really exists?
    c. If yes, can be seen/realized?
    d. Do anyone actually wants to get this GOD REALIZATION? And that too instantly?

    If anyone wants to know/discuss more on it, he/she is welcome to visit www.nirankari.org.

    Also if I can be of any help, it will be my privilege to put you to the 'right' person. The only info required by me would be as to where are you based - City/Country.

    Best Regards

    S.P. Parmar
    parmar_sp@sify.com

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    1. if someone hits you, you feel pain bt cant see tha pain... ans of your first question

      You can see him everywhere , Allah created the whole universe you can see in mountains... like you hve brain but can you see your brain...??? ans of your second question

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    2. you beleive in ghosts can you see them aur feel them...???
      how stupid these questions are

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  108. Really. Amazing songs needs great intellect and iman to appreciate the song

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  109. sajal12:49

    this song is totally about feelings of sufi

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  110. just to connect with the god by this song

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  111. i don't knew the meaning but i cried on hearing it.

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  112. i cried on first time even without knowing meaning

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  113. Anonymous23:05

    GREAT SONG, IT TAKES ME INTO ANOTHER WORLD... THANK YOU FOR TRANSLATING IT SO NICELY....

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  114. Anonymous12:26

    A brilliant composition by ARR and the rendition of Javed, Mohit & ARR is simply mellifluous. For the last 200 days every time i felt bad this is one of the songs i would give a listen to remind me the world is a beautiful place and goodness is everywhere to those who seek it. Thanks a lot for such a ethereal jem.

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  115. Anonymous23:24

    Exactly same script is written in Vedas also.Even as a Hindu i deeply appreciate this compostion & my head bows down to ALLAH for giving birth to such composers in India.

    Jab kaheen pey kuch naheen tha , wahi thaa wahi thaa. woh jo mujh me samaya woh jo tujh me samaya. karde mujhe mujh sey hee riha.ab mujh kow ho deedar mera are very very deep words & shows the level of communion of lyrist with Allah/ God/ Wahe Guru or what ever name we give. This composition brings anyone into tears.I bow in front of entire team for doing this great service to nation in current turbulent times ..
    Javed Ali Thanks for taking birth in India. We are all proud of you , AR Rehman, Lyrist. Hats off to you all.
    Love you all

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  116. Anonymous23:43

    yad bhavam tad bhavati is the word in vedas
    sohee sohee devai is the word in gurbani on same

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  117. Prito00:57

    Oh man....how how & how!!
    Song has 2 much peace in it self ..

    Upar wale ka nasha hi kuch aur hai .

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  118. Anonymous14:31

    Great

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  119. Babu
    eventhough am a Christian I love this song.je t'adore kunfaya.

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  120. i loved that song, thanks

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  121. Ma sha allaha who ever wrote this song n filled by a r rehaman n acted n he was gifted n blessed at that moment luck ranbir .. Bottom of heart u did it real grt

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  122. Ma sha allaha who ever wrote this song n filled by a r rehaman n acted n he was gifted n blessed at that moment luck ranbir .. Bottom of heart u did it real grt

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